Year called to bar: 1989 (NT); 1989 (AB); 1999 (NU)
John Donihee, BSc (Hons.), MES, LLB, LLM, is one of Canada’s foremost experts in environmental, regulatory, administrative, and Indigenous law in Canada’s North. He focuses on environmental approvals for resource development, land claims implementation, and modern treaties in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He advises industry, Indigenous groups, governments, and co-management tribunals involved in environmental impact assessment and land and water regulation for resource development projects in the North. He provides advice to Indigenous organizations about developing and implementing land use plans. John negotiates impact benefits agreements for Inuit, Inuvialuit, government, and project developers. Northern governments and Indigenous organizations have retained him for advice about developing new wildlife and species at risk legislation and advising wildlife co-management tribunals. He has developed management frameworks for water on Aboriginal lands. John is ranked in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 “Lawyer of the Year”—Aboriginal Law and ranked as a National Leader in Who's Who Legal Canada: Environment. Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers is recognized in The Globe and Mail's list of Canada's Best Law Firms for 2023!